Coroner confirms identity of Salmo man killed in crash

Fatal accident occurred Dec. 19 three kilometres west of Salmo

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after a motor vehicle incident near Salmo on Dec. 19.

He was Rudolf Seeser, aged 82, of Salmo.

Seeser was the driver and sole occupant of an eastbound van, which was in collision with a westbound SUV on Highway 3 about three kilometres west of Salmo at about 8 a.m. on Dec. 19.

The lone occupant of the other vehicle, a 50-year-old Salmo woman, was transported to hospital in Trail with what police described as “minor injuries.”

However, the Nelson Star reported that the family and friends disputed that characterization, saying she has a broken clavicle, broken vertebrae that will require three months rehabilitation, broken ribs, and extensive bruising.

Road conditions were noted to be extremely poor at the time. Seeser was deceased at the scene.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate this death.